Just be­fore the start of a triathlon, I go in the wa­ter and pee in my wet­suit. Any health risks?

Men's Health (South Africa) - - ASK MH -

CARL, PAROW Go ahead, Carl, it’ll be our se­cret. “Urine is mostly wa­ter, and not a toxic byprod­uct,” says der­ma­tol­o­gist Dr Tsip­pora Shain­house. “It’s a ster­ile, fil­tered fluid that con­tains wa­ter and ex­cess nu­tri­ents that your body has dis­carded.” So you’re prob­a­bly not risk­ing any se­vere health con­se­quences. But you’re pee­ing in your padded triathlon trunks, right? Which dou­ble as your bike shorts? Sure, they get a rinse dur­ing the swim­ming leg, but you should still be on the lookout for any nasty rashes that might pop up. If you no­tice any skin ir­ri­ta­tion, pro­longed ex­po­sure to the wa­ter and urea in urine could be the rea­son. And the fric­tion of that bi­cy­cle seat jam­ming up against your nethers doesn’t help. Ap­ply some lube. Put it on prior to wig­gling into your trunks, and you’re good to go.

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